Lecturer - Teaching Focused - School of Biosciences

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Employer
University of Birmingham
Location
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Salary
£41,526 - £55,750
Posted
Mar 18, 2021
Closes
Apr 12, 2021
Ref
163150
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Teaching Focused Lecturer in Bioinformatics

School Biosciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553, with potential progression once in post to £55,750

Grade 8

Full Time/FTC for up to 5 years

Closing date: 12th April 2021

The MSc Bioinformatics programme run by the Centre for Computational Biology is a joint enterprise between the School of Biosciences in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS). This post has arisen because the successful MSc Bioinformatics programme on the Edgbaston Campus is due to expand to offer a Distance Learning format and to be delivered on our Dubai Campus. The post holder will have expertise in advanced machine learning and environmental bioinformatics which they will contribute to Bioinformatics education in LES and MDS.

The primary focus of this role will be to develop and deliver postgraduate programmes in Bioinformatics including programmes based at the University of Birmingham Edgbaston and Dubai campuses and Distance Learning formats. In addition to contribute as appropriate to undergraduate and other postgraduate programmes in the School of Biosciences and to contribute to the management, leadership and enterprise activities of the School of Biosciences and the Centre for Computational Biology as appropriate.

Role Summary

Contributing to the whole range of teaching and administration.

Teaching will include a substantial contribution to the development and delivery of the Distance Learning MSc Bioinformatics. In addition, the post holder will contribute to the on-campus MSc Bioinformatics on the Birmingham and Dubai campuses. The post holder will teach advanced machine Learning techniques with a focus on environmental applications of bioinformatics, as well as Science Communication and Introduction to Biology and Programming.

In addition, the post holder will contribute to:

(a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment at all levels; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, and (b) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Teaching focussed role-holders should advance the practice of teaching in their modules within the school, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in student academic support. They should also deliver excellent teaching that inspires students, and is informed by discipline-based research.

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at Centre/School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership (e.g. working groups) within the University. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Centre/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties

Teaching focused Lecturer role-holders will:
  • Contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal; and
  • Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are digital/online and innovative to the subject area or institution; and
  • Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment; and
  • Deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes; and
  • Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support; and
  • Inform their teaching practice by discipline based research; and
  • Frequently update their own subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes; and
  • Typically carry a higher teaching load than those staff who carry out both teaching and research; and
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

In addition, they may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise, with a research focused or research and teaching focused member of staff, doctoral students to completion.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:
  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work contributing to the final award - as a mark or as credit- such as unseen examinations, essays dissertations or presentations)
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field and in digital/online spaces
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • Devise & supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and the University

Management/ Administration

To contribute to Departmental /School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:
  • Contribute to the administration/management of teaching across the Centre/Department/School
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new distance learning teaching methods, new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.
  • Develop and make substantial contributions e to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.
  • Actively manages equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.

Person Specification
  • Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Expertise in Environmental Bioinformatics and advanced machine learning techniques.
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others successfully at all levels.

Teaching
  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
  • Experience relevant to the design and delivery of digital/online and/or distance Learning.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration
  • Ability to contribute to Centre/School/management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area.
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied.
  • Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action


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